With John Updike, I have no patience for metaphors when it comes to resurrection. I came across these lines from Cyril that tell it. Let’s get real, friends. If our consciousness somehow survives in a disembodied state, if we have a ghostly existence beyond death, that is not a defeat of death or corruption and we need to be honest. If we can imagine such an existence whatever it is it is not a victory over the grave. Resurrection is as actual as the cross or else death is eternal. And death cannot be eternal because death is not of or from God. Death will eventually be no more and so cannot be of or from God. The reality of the resurrection—for Christ and for us—is a non-negotiable in Christian trust. Death is not the name of God. Life is.